'I was more disappointed': Steve Smith's brazen Ashes admission

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Steve Smith walks up in front of his teammates during the Ashes.
Steve Smith sad he feels there is 'unfinished business' after Australia tied 2-2 in the Ashes Series with England. (Getty Images)

Steve Smith is one of the fiercest competitors to wear the baggy green and it has shown in a candid admission about his ‘disappointment’ over the 2019 Ashes Series in England.

The mercurial batsman was the talk of the cricket after returning from his Cape Town suspension in the highly-anticipated Ashes Series.

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And Smith delivered as he received the Compton-Miller Medal for player of the series after he plundered 774 runs at 110.57 including three centuries in the series, helping the Aussies retain the urn.

But Smith claims it was the bitter feeling of losing the last match, thus ending in a 2-2 series draw, that left him feeling frustrated.

"To know that we'd got the Ashes back was pretty special," he told The Unplayable Podcast this week.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't win them which is something I'd still like to do.

"It just doesn't feel the same, you get to the end of the series and we're there holding up the Ashes but we'd just lost the last Test match, and we actually hadn't won anything.

"It was cool to get them back, but I was actually more disappointed that we hadn't won them."

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While it was the first time in five trips Australia had returned from England with the urn, Smith is still adamant there is unfinished business.

"From my personal perspective, I think it's unfinished business.

"It's great to retain the Ashes but it just doesn't sit right with me when you don't win it.

"We drew the series – good, but not great.”

Smith would be 34 years old, but is aiming at winning the 2023 series over in England before putting away the baggy green.

Steve Smith celebrates with the Urn after Australian drew the series to retain the Ashes.
Steve Smith celebrates with the Urn after Australian drew the series to retain the Ashes. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Smith should have a chance of facing England in an ODI series soon after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) insisted Australia's players will be in the UK's safest possible place if next month's white-ball tour goes ahead.

Australia were due to arrive in July for three ODIs and three T20s, before the COVID-19 pandemic brought sport around the world to a halt.

The ECB and Cricket Australia are keen for a rescheduled tour to take place in early September but the federal government must first give the green light before Justin Langer's team can board an ECB-funded chartered flight to London.